TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017

Category: Astrology

Astrology Update, April 28th, 2017: Racing Thoughts

The Moon in Gemini started the day off with an early morning conjunction to Mars in Gemini, aligning our instincts and emotions with our aggression and sexual drive, giving us a need for action that fulfills the demands of our curiosity.  This aspect increased the potential for impulsiveness and irritability as well, so perhaps it is a blessing that most of us in the Western Hemisphere were asleep for this one, but for those early risers just waking up it could have granted an extra boost of strength and determination with which to start our day, so long as we didn’t get entangled in unnecessary conflicts along the way.  

This aspect set the stage for Venus’ re-entry into Aries a few hours later, when our affections became both more flirtatious and more independent, our pleasures more self-determined.  This is territory that we’ve crossed before – twice, thanks to Venus’ recent retrograde – but now she is more sure of herself, more confident and direct and even demanding, unwilling to accept promises of pleasure that do not satisfy her needs for adventure and self-fulfillment.  Our connections with others are less soft and sultry now, more brusque and unconcerned with diplomacy, but not lacking for warmth or passion when the flame of desire is kindled.  Venus in Aries is not in the magnetic modality that she prefers, but she will make the best of the terrain in seeking new amorous adventures to amuse herself with, and with the Moon in Gemini our hearts are not likely to turn down the ride, even if they gain a few bruises along the way.

A short while later the Moon in Gemini opposed Black Moon Lilith, heightening the awareness of our unconscious, while creating tension between our desire for information and our ability to synthesize individual pieces of data into the whole picture, along with our capacity to communicate that information on a personal scale versus a grand scale.  Gemini/Sagittarius oppositions emphasize the polarity of near and far, personal versus social, thought versus belief, and in this case that polarity was being worked through on the unconscious and emotional levels, so we may have found ourselves instinctively see-sawing between different ideas and processes this morning, trying to find something that fits, while no one solution would do the trick.  What was required was integration of the spectrum between the two, and with Black Moon Lilith involved that meant immersing ourselves in the frustrations of the polarity until we could fully appreciate the spectrum.

This aspect was followed within minutes by a conjunction between Mercury and Uranus in Aries, further emphasizing fire and action in our thoughts and intuitive processing.  Our minds have been moving at lightning speed today, but we may have had trouble focusing as a result, especially with the unconscious background of our fluctuating Gemini moods.  Communication is also likely to be moving at high speed today, and those of us who prefer to carefully think things through may have had trouble keeping up.  Excitement and uncertainty are amplified by this aspect, with sudden insights and breakthroughs in technology, mathematics, science, and commerce being the harvest for those who can adapt to the breakneck pace.  This is a great time for solving puzzles, but we should be careful not to mistake assumptions for truth, especially when we are dazzled by new ideas that break us out of old routines but haven’t yet been proven.  Experimentation and testing are the name of the game under this influence.  Those of us prone to anxiety and nervousness are likely to struggle today, and we may need to consciously limit our stimuli to get through it.  Burnout is a real danger at this time, as are accidents while traveling.

More sensitive types may find it all a bit too much during the late afternoon and early evening, when the Moon in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces and we are likely to want very much to retreat into fantasy.  Introverts are especially likely to be challenged at this time, and we may need to take steps to protect ourselves from the emotional fallout of the day.  We should be especially wary of being led astray, whether by our own wishful thinking or actual deception on the part of others, and it is important not to make any important decisions at this time.  The Mercury/Uranus conjunction in Aries makes this especially crucial, since Aries is headstrong and cocksure, and may have us thinking that whatever madness Mercury and Uranus have concocted together is absolutely the right thing to do or say.  This is not a time to take anything at face value, as our perceptions are distorted by our emotions now.  Those of us prone to escaping through alcohol or drugs need to be particularly careful now – the temptation to indulge will be strong, but far more likely to cause trouble than not.

Tonight the Moon in Gemini trines Jupiter retrograde in Libra, which can bring some optimism and friendliness to help clear the fog of the Moon/Neptune square, but can also make us prone to grandiosity and over-the-top gestures, and in combination with the Mercury/Uranus conjunction could make for a wild night with potential hard consequences in the morning.  Jupiter is a benevolent influence, but retrograding in Libra is likely to draw to us situations that have us reconsidering our sociability and our relationships, and with the wild card of Mercury/Uranus in the mix we may find that Jupiter’s fun-loving influence on our emotions and instincts may get led astray by our impulses.  On the plus side, our sense of connection to others and willingness to help each other is enhanced by this aspect, but so is our willingness to give each other the benefit of the doubt – great when it helps us to overcome prejudices and be kind to our fellow man, but not so great when it leads us to ignore our common sense.  So long as we enjoy the warmth and affection of this aspect for what it is and still keep some measure of self-preservation on our radar, this can be an enjoyable night with the potential for healthy expansion of our point of view, connecting hearts and enlivening minds.

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All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 27th, 2017: Life of the Party

Today started with the Moon in Taurus trining Pluto in Capricorn in the wee hours of the morning, increasing our emotional perceptiveness and intensity.  Those of us still awake or just waking up at that hour were not likely to be interested in superficial experiences and may have found ourselves drawn into situations of complexity and power that called on us to have greater emotional awareness and feel very deeply.  Those of us still sleeping may have had unusually vivid and intricate dreams, well worth taking note of in waking hours for the secrets of our inner world that they could reveal.

The skies have been quiet since then until this afternoon’s sextile from the Moon in Taurus to Chiron in Pisces, creating a gentle harmony between our grounded emotions and the wisdom we gain from our limitations and injuries.  This afternoon is a good time to connect with those in whom we can be vulnerable and confide about the areas of life where we struggle, and if we are not feeling particularly in need of a sympathetic ear we may find ourselves in the position of the voice of experience helping to bolster the spirits of others in need.

Tonight the Moon sextiles Venus in Pisces, creating feelings of conviviality that gently steer us to gather with our friends and loved ones and enjoy the richness of our close connections.  We are likely to enjoy entertaining others in our homes tonight, as the Taurus Moon combines forces with this sign’s ruler to make us particularly house-proud now, delighting in the environments we create and sharing them with others.  This is a good time for love relationships, old and new, a time to mend relationships that have been under duress, as we can gently and lovingly communicate our feelings under this aspect and smooth over rough edges.

This aspect begins a very short void-of-course period lasting only a few minutes before the Moon enters Gemini and whatever festivities we are enjoying for the night get a boost of Gemini liveliness and charm.  Our emotions and instincts under a Gemini Moon are driven more by intellect than by sentimentality, and we are more curious, more inventive, and more communicative as a result.  Since Gemini is ruled by Mercury, quickness prevails during this transit and our moods and responses are likely to turn on a dime.  We become more impressionable under this Moon, and more free-spirited, seeking action and stimulation and thriving on change.  On the downside, our decisiveness is likely to be impaired during this time, as we want to know all the options and are keenly aware that there is always more to know, more to explore, and we are likely to resent being pinned down and expected to make a singular choice.  That said, our openness to new experiences now makes us more adventurous and fun-loving, and the Moon’s entry into this sign so soon after the Moon/Venus sextile could make for a very enjoyable night.

That said, late tonight the Moon in Gemini squares the North Node in Virgo, reminding us that not all is fun and games, and some of our adventures could lead us off the the path of our souls’ preferred mode of growth.  It’s all-too-easy to gloss over important details when we’re moving so fast, or to turn to hyperbole in place of truth.  We may find ourselves challenged to keep from losing ourselves in frivolity and superficiality, and would do well not to stray into manipulative territory in our interactions with others.  Being the life of the party is all well and good so long as we remain genuine.

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Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 26th, 2017: New Moon in Taurus

The New Moon in Taurus this morning sets the stage for a quiet and kindly day, a time for re-attuning ourselves to our own basic physical, material, and emotional needs.  The New Moon is a time to set our intentions for this lunar cycle, intentions which we grow between now and the Full Moon, when we release them into the world to be disseminated over the course of the next two weeks until the following New Moon.  This New Moon is a special one because it has no planetary aspects and only a loose trine to the North Node, as mentioned last night, so it is largely free of outside influences, and that loose trine is a benevolent connection to our soul’s path, adding to the sense that this New Moon can act as a good “reset” period in which we can set aside more complicated concerns and tend to ourselves first and foremost, a time in which what feels good to us is also what can help forward our karmic progress.  

Taurus deals with our needs in the material world, what gives us a sense of security and physical well-being, which in turn affects our emotional well-being via the Moon.  This is a good time for taking care of our health, our self-esteem, our homes, our gardens, and our bank accounts.  Since Taurus is a fixed earth sign it tends to be slow-moving and patient, understanding of the process of things, and with the Moon here it is very aware of seasons and cycles.  Under this influence we can take small steps that will slowly accumulate and eventually have lasting impact.  What we tend to now should be mindful of the long-term – the goals we set now are those which we should be comfortable living with both the process and outcome of for years to come.

Since Taurus is ruled by Venus, it is worthwhile to note where she is now, sweet and sensual in the sign of Pisces, and in a state of mutual reception with Jupiter retrograde in Libra – Venus is the ruler of Libra, and Jupiter is the classical ruler of Pisces, so while the mutual reception between them is not strong now due to the wide orb between them, still it is a gentle connection between the two Benefics of the zodiac that may aid in the fortunate outcome of our intentions during this lunar cycle.

After the exact New Moon this morning there is no further astrological activity for most of the day until the Moon in Taurus sextiles Neptune in Pisces tonight, adding to the sympathetic feeling of this New Moon.  Neptune can encourage us to put on our rose-coloured glasses, so it is not a time for precision thinking, but the sextile is a gently harmonious aspect that brings out the better qualities in both the Moon and Neptune, enhancing our feelings of spiritual connection and compassion, and helping us to be more loving to both ourselves and others while shedding old habits and ties that no longer serve us, rebuilding our foundations with patience and a touch of sweetness.  This is a time for healing, nurturing, and nourishing our hearts and bodies, and tending to our homes and the material needs that make us feel safe and secure, strengthening ourselves from the roots up.  Tonight we can re-imagine ourselves in ways that can be both emotionally fulfilling and deeply practical, and set ourselves on a path toward making that vision a lasting reality.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 25th, 2017: Bright Day, Restful Night

This morning got started in the wee hours with a challenging square from the Moon in Aries to Pluto retrograde in Capricorn, putting our emotions and instincts at odds with the hidden and transformational forces in our lives, and ratcheting up our obsessive tendencies and fears of losing control.  For those of us in the Western Hemisphere, this aspect most likely only troubled our dreams, but for those of us who were awake at that hour we may have found ourselves engaged in unexpected power struggles regarding our autonomy, particularly in relation to work or in dealing with the institutions in our lives, and those of us waking up early may have still experienced residual frustrations or impediments to our self-direction as a result of this aspect.  

The rest of the morning was fairly quiet until around midday when the Moon in Aries conjuncted Uranus in Aries, increasing feelings of restlessness as it amplified our desire to be free of restrictions.  Technology and nerves may have been impacted as Uranus has an electrifying quality that can fry circuits of both the organic and inorganic kind, especially for those of us with a strong kinesthetic sense and those of us with Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or personal planets in the third decanate of cardinal signs.  We may have received unexpected news or experienced disruptions to our usual routines, but also may have experienced breakthroughs resulting from the connection of our unconscious with Uranus’ intuitive genius.

That intuitive boost could have been carried forward into the afternoon as a result of the Moon’s next interaction, a conjunction with Mercury retrograde in Aries that put our thoughts and emotions on the same motivated page, working in unison toward our goals.  That said, having our thoughts subject to our moods may have impacted our decision-making ability, and we may have found ourselves highly distracted, with our thoughts and feelings changing rapidly, especially given the Aries tendency to chase everything new and shiny.  Still, we were much more likely to be vocal about our feelings during this time, so it could have been a good opportunity to give voice to our emotions that we might be hard-pressed to express otherwise.

Later this afternoon the Moon in Aries trined Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, bringing a bit more seriousness and discipline to our mood, allowing us to focus on practical matters and push through adversity to get things done.  After the expressiveness of the Moon conjuncting Mercury, the trine to Saturn may have brought on an abrupt about-face in terms of our willingness to share our emotions with others, not out of a desire to hide them per se, but rather out of a heightened sense of self-sufficiency.  Whatever eccentric or experimental tendencies we experienced under the earlier Moon/Uranus conjunction, this afternoon and early evening we are more inclined to stick to methods that are tried and true, and take a more conservative approach overall.  This is especially true since this aspect starts a void-of-course period that encourages us to stick to routine for several hours, unconsciously processing the lessons of the past few days’ lunar transit through Aries, and avoiding any new enterprises as we wrap up old business and tend to things that need fixing or refining.

Tonight the Moon enters Taurus, settling down a bit from the energetic fervor of Aries and taking on a more practical and comfortable tone.  Taurus is the fixed earth sign most concerned with how things get done on the material plane, desirous of fiscal and physical security and willing to go the distance to secure home and its comforts, but also recognizing the need for rest, relaxation, and enjoyment of the good life when the day is done.  Tonight we are likely to want to enjoy our creature comforts and sensory pleasures, as Venus rules Taurus after all, and Venus is currently transiting dreamy and sensual Pisces.  Our enjoyment of the arts is increased by this transit, and chances are that we won’t adhere to our diets as strictly, nor be in much of a hurry about whatever we want to do – Taurus likes to take its time and enjoy life, even when hard at work.

Late tonight the Moon in Taurus trines the North Node in Virgo, emphasizing our path toward growth and personal achievement in a gentle and supportive way, so that we instinctually focus on our souls’ desires and what we need to do to achieve them.  There is a pleasing sense of fatedness about this aspect, a sense of all being right with the world and our slow but steady progress in it, that sets the stage for tomorrow morning’s New Moon in Taurus, and the intentions we set for ourselves with it.  Since this aspect will still be loosely in orb at the time of the New Moon, and it’s the only lunar aspect that the Moon will make for the first half of the day, it will be a quietly supportive New Moon with a focus on the Taurean virtues of steady persistence, care of the body, and rest, so tonight is a perfect night to do just that – rest and relax, dreaming kindly intentions for our bodies and our practical needs for this upcoming lunar cycle.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 24th, 2017: Lasting Consequences

 

Today has been dominated by this morning’s trine from Mercury in Aries to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, heightening the discipline of our minds and lending seriousness to our thoughts and communication.  This aspect will continue to lend us mental fortitude for the next couple of days, so now is a good time for financial planning, communications regarding legal matters, studying and any mental activity requiring concentration, as well as any careful and detailed work.  Now we are able to see both the forest and the trees, so this is a great time for writers and editors, especially in technical fields, although those working in a more creative capacity may find that side of their writing limited during this time, as we are thinking more conservatively under this aspect.  Mentor relationships are favored now as well, as we are more open to hearing advice from those who are more experienced than us, but otherwise we are likely to be less sociable than usual, more interested in practical dynamics and more likely to get straight to business than wasting time with social niceties.  Our persistence and problem-solving skills are both enhanced by this aspect, and the combination means that we will stick with even the most difficult tasks until they are done.

This aspect was followed this morning by a trine from the Moon in Aries to Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, aligning our key sources of unconscious wisdom to lend some receptive and immersive support to whatever serious pursuits the Mercury/Saturn trine had us paying attention to during the first half of the day.  We may have found both our independence and our focus especially heightened during this time, and most likely were unusually sure of what we wanted and just how we were going to achieve it.  Chances are that this kept us going full steam for much of the morning and possibly into the afternoon as well.

Tonight the Moon in Aries opposes Jupiter retrograde in Libra, amplifying our feelings of independence.  Though we are likely to feel good under this influence, and maybe even a bit boisterous despite the seriousness of the Mercury/Saturn trine, still the opposition between our feelings in a self-directed sign and our faith and beliefs in a sign concerned with relationships can heighten awareness of where we feel restricted by the demands of others.  We are likely to be generous with our time and energy if left to our own devices and truly interested in giving of ourselves to someone else, but we are likely to resist attempts to manipulate or coerce us into actions desired by others, and even if the Mercury/Saturn trine leads us to yield to persuasion out of a sense of responsibility, such action is likely to result in resentment and even anger that will not die down easily.  Now is a time when we are far more likely to question demands made on us in relationships and social situations, and we are more inclined to examine our beliefs surrounding such interactions under this influence.  Even if we are more likely to think about these matters in a disciplined and rational fashion due to the Mercury/Saturn influence, we are not likely to accept social structures blindly now, and the deep thought of the Mercury/Saturn trine combined with the heightened emotion of the Moon/Jupiter opposition makes it likely that whatever conclusions we come to tonight will have lasting consequences.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.